As the entries for Outback Archies 2016 pour in, we thought weâ€™d chat to one of the winners from last yearâ€™s comp, Mardi Remond who took out first prize in the Photography section for her portrait â€˜Donâ€™.
Hello, what is your name?
You have just recently exhibited your new works around Coonamble and Narromineâ€¦tell us about that!
Iâ€™m excited to have work hanging in Lucy Watsonâ€™s gorgeous store â€˜Mink and Meâ€™ in Coonamble and, very recently, I have had an exhibition to coincide with the opening of Amanda Ferrariâ€™s beautiful new homewares venture â€˜Soul Food Home & Lifeâ€™ in Narromine.
You took out the Photography category in the 2015 Outback Archies art prize and exhibition; what would you say to other regional artists who are thinking of entering?
Give it a go!Â Donâ€™t be shy or too self-critical â€“ enter some work and just enjoy being able to support Outback Arts, which is very proactive promoting our region.
What do you wish you knew about being a business owner before you got started?
How tech savvy you need to be â€“ especially with marketing!
What else have you been up to?
I have just been adding to my Bovine series so far this year.
How would you describe your style?
I find this question really hard to answer. As a generalisation, I have pursued environmental portraiture in the past, which I suppose is a form of documentary photography. Â In my case, it has a rural orientation and what Iâ€™m doing now with the Bovine series is still portraiture coming from a rural base but being of a more exploratory artistic nature.
Why do you think itâ€™s important to provide creative outlets and opportunities for people, especially in regional areas?
I think creative outlets can present wonderful educational platforms in regional areas, as well as providing strong social support networks.Â They definitely boost the general well being of our regional areas.
What have you got coming up?
I intend expanding my portfolio to include some Ovine and Equine subjects and also create an online store to market my images.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a photographer?
Iâ€™d love to try sculpting â€“ especially using clay or scrap metal.
Where can we see more of your stuff?
I have just added an album of my Bovine images onto my Facebook page â€“ Mardi Remond Photography and Iâ€™m also on Instagram â€“ mardiremond.
When the weather warms up down at Canowindra, I will be hanging some work at Finnâ€™s Store.
Lastly, Beatles or the Stones?
Iâ€™m a Springsteen tragic.Â But if I had to choose â€“ Beatles.